EXPIRED: 10/23/09 – Ann Donaldson Atterberry, 72, had one of the most memorable lunches anyone could ever have.
It was almost 46 years ago. Ms. Atterberry worked at the The Dallas Morning News but wasn’t very busy that day, so she and some co-workers walked into town to watch the presidential motorcade drive by.
They wanted to see Jackie Kennedy.
The women were at the end of the parade route, where they could eat their lunch of sandwiches and apples while awaiting the motorcade.
They had their backs to the Texas School Book Depository, and they were near the Stemmons Freeway sign – right in front of Abraham Zapruder, famous for his recording of the assassination on his home-movie camera.
“In the first two frames of Zapruder’s film, the four of us show,” she said recently.
Atterberry said she looked up at the crack of the first rifle shot.
“I thought it was fireworks,” she said. “I thought that was really rude and socially unacceptable. I was looking to see where the noise came from.
“I heard two more shots and looked around, and the motorcade was speeding away.”
The friends cried all the way back to the newspaper, several blocks away.
She worked at the paper until 1999. Prpbably never had as memorable a lunch, though.